I read a million blogs and somehow I stumbled upon Delighted Momma and her DIY Bangle post on Friday afternoon and I knew what I was going to do on Friday night. How did I not know that I could make my own bangles?! On the way home from work I stopped by AC Moore to pick up some polymer clay. It’s called clay but really it’s a moldable plastic that you bake at 275 degrees for 15 – 30 minutes depending on the type of clay you choose.
On my trip I picked up 5 packs of Sculpey III, each pack is about $2 each, I eventually picked up a pack of the Sculpey Premo and I like the consistency of it a bit more and it requires a longer baking time. You can also go to the Sculpey website to see all the different types, colors and even instructions on how to make other projects.
I rolled out 1 section of the clay into a smooth log and then wrapped it around a bangle as a guide, online there are also suggestions for using a can too. If you want to blend colors you can just twist to ropes of clay together and keep rolling them until they blend the way you want them. The hardest part is merging the two ends (you want it to appear seamless) and then getting it off the guide and onto your baking sheet. I used parchment paper on my baking sheets because that’s what I put everything I bake on and I didn’t want it to stain, even though it didn’t stain the parchment.
When I did a first batch of bangles I could see more of my dents and fingerprints on them, so when I did a second batch I got better. Practice makes perfect. I also thought they came out very matte and wanted a way to make them glossy. Of course there is a glaze that you can paint them with after you bake them! You can get satin finish or gloss, I went for gloss.
I think you can really see the shine on them in the picture above. The gloss lets you build up the shine for how glossy you want. I did 2 coats and I think it really helped make the metallic clay look like it sparkled. This was such a fun and cute idea to make custom accessories! I loved it and will definitely make more and experiment with the colors, techniques and width in the future.
Has anyone else tried this before? Anyone else interested in trying it?
And if you’re interested in more pictures of the entire process, you can check out the full set of pictures on Flickr.